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Nobody knows for sure if Matt will be part of the new lineup, or what he'll be up to next.

Up until a few weeks ago he seemed to have been actively playing/touring with guitarist/producer Stevie Salas...

https://twitter.com/StevieSala.../1151036328554958849

youll never see the end of the road while your travelling with me...

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I liked the way Matt fit in with the fabric of the band but for some reason I could never get into his style. It almost seems a bit too 'snappy' if that makes sense? 

Paul's drumming kinda sat back a little more where as Matts feel is more of a pushy kind of feel I guess. 

Or maybe I'm just talking in riddles now hahaha! 

HoBrit posted:

I liked the way Matt fit in with the fabric of the band but for some reason I could never get into his style. It almost seems a bit too 'snappy' if that makes sense? 

Paul's drumming kinda sat back a little more where as Matts feel is more of a pushy kind of feel I guess. 

Or maybe I'm just talking in riddles now hahaha! 

I totally get what you mean and I agree.

I think he’s a phenomenal drummer and he added a certain coolness to CH v2, but his style is very different from the laid back seemingly effortless drumming that defined the CH sound in the early days.

I personally feel like Paul’s drumming always felt 100% in sync with Neil’s guitar playing (which is unusual) whereas Matt’s drumming style (and remember he’s a lefty) was way more anchored in Nick’s bass lines (which is more traditional).

Matt did many many things extremely well (the live Private Universe ‘trance-drums’ interludes solos never sounded better) and helped create what I believe to be some of the best CH studio recordings of all time, still I sometimes had a hard with his 1960’s-style interpretation of certain CH songs that should have more soulful/funky drumming and less british invasion style. One particular example of what I mean is Distant Sun; the way Matt played those fills between verses In 2007 it was almost painful to listen to, in 2010 it was much better, and to his credit by 2016 he’d almost corrected the issue entirely.

I’m sorry if I sound too critical, that’s not my intent. I met Matt in 2010 and he was the nicest person you can imagine. Also I’m a big fan of his drumming and an even bigger fan of his presence in CH.

If he is in fact out of the band, it is a shame and he will be missed.

 

 

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